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Best Tips To Start Your Healthy Living Journey

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Today’s times demand a lot of time and attention from everyone – be it students, professionals, parents, retirees, and even children. When we live in a world where everything is fast-paced, we tend to be stuck in our screens doing work, updating our social media accounts, or playing the latest update to our favorite games. Little do we know, we’re not eating properly, we’re losing out on sleep, and we barely do physical activity and let alone stand from our seats.

It seems health is the price we pay for being too absorbed with technology and work… but this shouldn’t be the case. In fact, with the right planning and research, we can be on our way to healthy living even with a busy, tech-filled schedule. How do we pull this off, though?

Healthy Living Today: All a Matter of Balance

If healthy living is part of your New Year’s Resolution this year, you’re in luck as that’s our Resolution, too! And if part of the problem involves not being able to let go of your laptop or your smartphone, we might have a solution to healthy living that’s just right for your needs. The trick to healthy living is balance, and here’s how you can approach it:

1.Eat less with room for enjoyment. Dieting can be one of the hardest things to do when pursuing healthy living, especially since, well, food tastes good. Other than that, a lot of people do treat food differently. Others use it as a coping mechanism, while others simply like to eat. The tricky part about pursuing a diet is that it may not necessarily work for everyone, and it may not be fit for everyone’s health in the first place. A better approach would be to eat less, try eating more of the right food, and to make room for enjoyment every now and then.

    • When dieting, try choosing a diet you’ll be able to consistently do. A diet that makes you lose weight fast won’t matter if you regain everything just as fast. As such, it’s also better to choose a diet that might have slow turnover of results, but also something you can consistently do for an extended period of time.
    • When you do pursue a diet, make it a point to motivate yourself to do it consistently. If you need to, try to find apps and programs on dieting and calorie counting so you can keep track of your progress. This also gives you a handy means of checking how you’re performing without the hassle.
    • Before you pursue any kind of diet, make sure you consult a dietician and your doctor first. This is especially if a diet you want to try needs you to cut off or try specific food. Their advice can greatly help you find a diet that’s fit for your needs. This is especially since they can help you identify the kind of food you should eat more and eat less of, based on your health needs. Additionally, set up an appointment to seek dental expertise from the Rock Rose Dental In Roseville to motivate you to stay away from foods that risk your oral health too.

2. Maintain physical activity to ensure strength, flexibility, and stamina.

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of maintaining our health is to always ensure we get to do physical activity every day. Click here for more. However, this doesn’t mean we should immediately get ourselves a gym membership. Rather, it’s that we should always take time to perform physical actions and not just sit down or lie down all the time. This can come in all sorts of ways, such as walking, doing a sport, running errands around work or school, or simply just working out at home. Maintaining our body today will greatly help us avoid physical complications when we become older adults, especially ailments related to the bones and muscles.

    • Before you pursue any workout, assess your fitness level first. If you don’t want to consult a dietician or your doctor for this, you can start with simple routines and then switch things up every 3 months to half a year. This might be taking it slow – but the point here is to switch things up so that the body will always know we’re working out and will not “get used” to the routine. 
    • Avoid pursuing muscle growth and weight loss at the same time, as they may have mixed results. When you start losing weight, you also lose a bit of muscle mass. So if you want to look fit, start by losing weight first with the help of Slimagic.
    • Likewise, muscle growth isn’t always about weightlifting or going to the gym. When pursuing muscle growth, remember that it fits best with the right kind of meals as well. If you want to get a bigger body, focus on lifting exercises across all areas of the body. If you want a great resource that teaches you all about fitness, check out dreamstrength.com.
    • If you want a more “neutral” build, or if you don’t have a specific “target,” try pursuing sports instead. This not only adds an element of fun to your physical activity, they most likely engage all parts of the body.
    • If you’re more of a communal kind of person, you can download apps and join fitness groups and communities online to find workout buddies. This can help you get motivated to maintain your progress with your workout.

3. Focus on mental acuity to maintain sharpness of mind. Just because we’re pursuing “healthy living” doesn’t necessarily mean we should forget about improving our mental faculties as well. It’s important for us to exercise our brains just like how we want to prioritize eating properly, exercising regularly, and sleeping right. When we regularly exercise our brain, we give it the time it needs to process information that we learn and help us solve problems better and more efficiently. The fun thing here is that, just like when it comes to diet and exercise, improving our mental faculties come in various different ways as well.

    • Engaging the mind doesn’t necessarily mean play puzzle games all the time. This can be in the form of actively reading news articles, or reading about things you’re passionate about. This practice helps your brain “refresh” its memory and stimulate your learning centers by absorbing new information. This means your time browsing the internet can be useful to the brain… provided you do something meaningful with it.
    • Solving puzzles and engaging in various discussions can stimulate parts of your brain that controls comprehension, speech, and analysis. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should always argue with people online. Rather, you shouldn’t hesitate to engage with discussions with friends as this is a good exercise to assess your knowledge and learn new things.
    • Try playing video games to actively stimulate your mental faculties. We don’t just mean puzzle games or casual games. You can actively engage your mind by playing different sorts of games – like strategy games like WarCraft, puzzles like Scrabble, or even Monopoly. Moreover, different games can stimulate different areas of the brain. Shooters help improve hand-eye coordination, while racing games like Madalin Stunt Cars 2 force you to strategize on the fly.

4. Take breaks properly and diligently. Regardless of whether you’re pursuing weight loss, muscle growth, or maintaining your health in general, it’s important to take note of how you rest and take your breaks everyday. This is especially when you’ve started a diet or an exercise routine, as resting is just as important when it comes to processing knowledge, healing damaged muscles, and your body’s overall maintenance. Don’t hesitate to sleep when you’re tired, to rest your muscles when they’re injured, and to splurge on the occasional cheat day. It’s these breaks that ensure your mind and body’s processes stay as stable and sharp as possible throughout your fitness journey.

    • Don’t forget about getting the right sleep. It’s important for the body to get adequate rest especially after a busy day in order to rejuvenate and recuperate from the stress. Sleep gives the body time to repair damaged muscles and to stimulate them for growth.
    • Regardless of whether or not you’re doing intensive physical or mental activities,  always remember to take breaks. Try taking a minute long break after sets when you workout. You can also ensure that you skip exercising on days you know you’re injured. Rest is just as integral for health as both the right diet and exercise. These breaks help the body regenerate, and fix itself when there’s damage.
    • If you’re having a difficult time taking breaks, try to download alarm apps or scheduling apps in order to integrate it to your usual schedule. 

Healthy Living 2020 and Beyond: It’s a Healthy, Techie World

If there’s anything the above tips can share with us, it’s that healthy habits moving forward will most likely include some aspect of technology to it. Interestingly enough, it seems more and more industries have begun approaching their products and services with seamless technological integration in mind. This means, and like what the above tips have shared, we’re slowly going to transition to a world where even health will be largely dominated by tools, software, and hardware.

Despite these additions, though, don’t forget to remember that you shouldn’t forsake your health just for your work, your studies, or the benefits that technology brings us. Now that tech has been introduced into our ways of healthy living, don’t forget to make sure you use it in a way that can benefit your overall wellness.

 

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Ghanaians and resident foreigners no longer require full COVID-19 vaccination before entering the country

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has announced some changes to the guidelines for Ghanaians entering the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Per the earlier modification implemented during the yuletide last year, persons aged 18 years and above, arriving in Ghana from December 12, 2021, were to provide proof of full vaccination.

But addressing pressmen on Wednesday, Director-General of GHS, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye explained that the directive has been reviewed to make it more lenient.

Now, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Ghanaians and resident foreigners have been “exempted from the requirement of full vaccination before traveling to Ghana.”

He made this comment at the Ministry of Information where the press conference was held.

GHS revises Covid-19 travel guidelines for Ghanaian travelers at KIA
Dr. Kumah-Aboagye explained that persons who will be affected by the review are expected to take the vaccination on arrival at KIA.

In this regard, persons who refuse to accept the jab will be forced to go on mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own cost.

This, according to the GHS Director-General, forms part of measures to reduce the effects of the fourth wave of the pandemic in the country.

Culled from Myjoyonline

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From July 1, only your National ID card will be accepted for banking and financial transactions in Ghana

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From 1st July, 2022, the Ghana Card will be the only identification for banking or financial transactions, the Bank of Ghana has disclosed.

This is in furtherance of its objective of ensuring the safety of the financial system. In a statement, the Central Bank said this is pursuant to Regulation 7 of the National Identity Register, 2012 (L.I. 2111).

In this regard, the BoG is directing Banks, Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions, Non-Deposit-Taking Financial Institutions; Payment Service Providers and Dedicated Electronic Money Issuers as well as Forex Bureaus and Credit Reference Bureaus to start using the Ghana for identification from beginning of July, 2022.

“In line with this Notice, Section 30 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2020 (Act 1044) and Regulation 12 of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1987), all financial institutions shall take steps to update customer records with the Ghana Card.”

Furthermore, “customers of Bank of Ghana regulated financial institutions are therefore advised to update their records with their respective financial institutions with the Ghana Card in line with this Notice.”

The Central Bank said for Known Your Customer purposes, the National Identification Authority verification transaction platform will be integrated into the Bank of Ghana’s financial monitoring platform.

This is to ensure that all financial transactions performed within the ecosystem are linked to one identity and information, and unique codes for the transactions shared with the BoG to facilitate the identification of initiators/beneficiaries for track and trace purposes.

It will include but not limited to transactions b banks; non-bank Financial Institutions and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs).

Culled from MyJoyOnline

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George Boateng: Ghanaian Computer Scientist Launches Smartphone-Based Coding App, ‘SuaCode’

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In ensuring that learning how to code becomes much easier and fun, George Jojo Boateng, a Ghanaian computer scientist and social entrepreneur created SuaCode, a smartphone-based coding app. The app was launched on Google Play Store in January 2022, and has had some great reviews so far.

Boateng started SuaCode in 2017 as a graduate student at Dartmouth College, during Project iSWEST, an annual innovation bootcamp for high school students in Ghana organised by his education non-profit Nsesa Foundation. From 2018 to 2020, with four pilots, SuaCode had over 3,000 applicants from 69 countries, accepted over 1,000 students, with a 62% completion rate and alumni getting internships, jobs and studying computer science and engineering in top universities, including, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and MIT.

In 2021, Boateng and cofounder Victor Kumbol improved on the idea and launched the startup, SuaCode.ai to transform SuaCode into a smartphone app, with the aim of teaching millions across Africa to code using smartphones and an AI teaching assistant, Kwame.

The SuaCode app enables users to learn how to code on their phone at anyplace, at anytime in a community of learners across the globe. Through Kwame, a bilingual AI Teaching assistant that Boateng built, the app presents lessons in English and French along with fun and hands-on coding exercises, quizzes and assignments. It also provides quick and accurate answers to students’ coding questions.

The app’s Automated Grading Software, AutoGrad, grades users’ assignments while checking for plagiarism and providing individualized feedback; and users receive a certificate of completion when they complete courses.

For his work on SuaCode.ai, George Boateng has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a Pioneer in the 2021 list of 35 Innovators under 35.

Currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Machine Learning at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Boateng is also the President and co-founder of Nsesa Foundation, which aims at achieving the vision of creating an “Innovation Revolution” in Ghana. He was also, recently, appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Science department, where he will be exploring collaborations on AI-powered mobile heath research.

 

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Dating in Nairobi laid bare as Single Kiasi (Singleish) premieres, also available in 33 countries in the diaspora

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Single Kiasi (Singleish), the new Kenyan Showmax Original, is now streaming, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. The show will also be available to Kenyans in the UK, France and 31 other countries in the diaspora.

What does the pursuit for the one look like for 30-something women in Nairobi?

Sintamei (Gathoni Mutua) is trying to start a family with her loving husband Kevin (Lucarelli Onyango) while also building her career as a corporate lawyer.

Rebecca (Faith Kibathi) is all about motherhood, being a housewife and staying loyal to her “husband” Eric (Michael Munyoki), even though he doesn’t have a shilling to his name.

And Mariah (Minne Kariuki) is all about expensive gifts and traveling to the best destinations her rich sponsor’s money can buy, while chasing the next social media high and sharing slay queen dating tips with her many followers. “Paris was amazing. If your guy takes you to Dubai, please dump him,” she tells her fans while on a private jet from her vacation in France.

When we catch up with them in the first episode of Single Kiasi, they seem to have their lives and their romantic relationships under control. But dating in Nairobi can be hectic, and it doesn’t take long before the men of Single Kiasi prove the popular saying in the city’s dating scene: “Men will embarrass you unprovoked,” as reiterated by Mariah.

In the course of the 13 episodes, Single Kiasi follows Sintamei, Rebecca and Mariah as they go through the ups and downs of love and dating in Nairobi while also reminding us that, at the end of the day, friendship is the most powerful relationship they can have.

Single Kiasi is the second Showmax Original series in Kenya after the Kalasha-winning Crime and Justice.

The show is adapted from the popular South African series Unmarried, which already has successful adaptations in Nigeria (Unmarried Nigeria) and Ghana (To Have and To Have Hold).

“It’s a universal story of womanhood, love and friendship,” says producer and director Grace Kahaki. “But we had to make some changes here and there for the story to fit to who we are as Kenyans.”

For instance, Single Kiasi incorporates a Kikuyu traditional marriage ceremony (nguracio) in place of a church wedding.

“In the South African version, one of the leading women has an affair with a security guard but we felt that this wasn’t authentic to the Kenyan setting so changed the guard to an intern, which is more reflective of what happens here,” Kahaki says.

Single Kiasi tackles important issues that Kenyan women go through, such as sexism in the workplace like when Sintamei is passed over for a promotion that she clearly deserves, sexual assault like in the case of Mariah who is forced to confront a past she’d rather forget, and women (and mothers) finding their own identities outside of what society expects of them like Rebecca getting to relive her youth which she missed out on by marrying too young.

“This show aims to look at women through our three main characters and allow them to choose what label they want to attach to themselves, be it single, married, wife, career woman, mother, etc,” Kahaki says.

Kahaki co-produced and co-directed Single Kiasi alongside her Insignia Productions counterpart Philippe Bresson, and Robby Bresson (Simiyu Samurai).

 

Catch episode 1 of Single Kiasi, now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes releasing every Thursday.

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Top Benefits of Using Tub Pillow for Bath

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When you are relaxing in a bathtub after a long day at work trying to unwind, it feels more frustrating when you are not feeling comfortable in there. After a short time, resting your head, back, and neck on the surface of a bathtub, it may become painful and unpleasant.

This can even cause severe injury to your neck and back. For that reason, it will help if you consider using the best bathtub pillow to support your neck and back at the edge of the tub. The bathtub pillow may enhance comfort and allow you to stay longer in the tub. With it, you can even sip your favorite drink and light some candles around the tub to make that moment memorable.

Therefore, getting yourself a high-quality bathtub pillow is significant that will enhance comfort and allow you to stay in the tub as long as you please. Read on for more benefits associated with the use of bathtub cushions.

Lessening of Neck and Lower Back Aches

Incorrect posture in the bathtub can cause pressure on your lower back and result in spinal injury. Normally, it will help if you consider purchasing the best bathtub pillow from reputable online sellers like https://www.amazon.com/Bathtub-Bath-Pillow-Tub-Headrest/dp/B08BHP37DW. When you are using a high-quality bath pillow, you will be able to prevent all the problems associated with spinal complications.

The ideal bathtub pillow can help alleviate the pressure on your neck caused by the hard surfaces of the tub. Moreover, the comfort of a bathtub pillow obtained from a reliable outlet will allow you to stay in the tub for an extended time.

They are Massive and Luxurious

If you are reaching for a technologically improved product, it is essential to consider buying a quilted air bath pillow for the tub. The tech-advanced cushion for the tub is 50 inches long, and it can adequately support your neck and back. Besides, it can correctly cradle your whole body in an incredibly since it has a large mat.

When you are in a bathtub and hold your breath for a moment, you will feel like you are in an opulent spa. Moreover, the tech-advanced bathtub pillow is created from 3d air technology. In other words, it is manufactured with a soft layer attached with some quality fabrics. This type of bath pillow for tubs is water-resistant and breathable.

They are Comfortable

When shopping for a bathtub pillow from the best online seller, it is significant to understand that all the modern bathtub pillows have incredible softness. So when you want to enjoy your bath fully, it will help if you settle on idle hippos full-body pillows. You can find them on the leading websites at an affordable rate. The cushion for the tub is also composed of several layers of fiber and mesh.

They are Affordable

Not all bath pillows are for tub and created the same. If you want to grab the best quality of a bath pillows for tub at a fair rate, it is best to consider doing proper research and comparing the prices from various sites. Also, it is crucial to settle on the tech-advanced one since they are durable, cost-effective, and serve their purpose perfectly well. The above essential benefits associated with the best bathtub pillow will help if you consider buying one and enjoy its benefits.

 

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Buy and sell African products online

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African culture has been a backbone of the world for over four thousand years. Africagroceryshop.com is an online marketplace with African-inspired products, clothing, art, and more. We are passionate about helping you experience the world through African eyes.The best place to buy and sell African products online.

The company is best described by the following statement: Africagroceryshop.com is a powerful marketplace solution for local African vendors to sell their products online as well as an online store for African consumers to buy all that they need at affordable prices, anytime and anywhere in a safe and secured environment.

Our online marketplace helps you find unique African products while supporting community-based businesses.

We offer regular deliveries to meet your needs and provide special deals on shipping so you can enjoy shopping at your convenience with no additional cost to you.


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